Master Bedroom Makeover

master bath makeover

Our bedroom has been at the bottom of my list to decorate for a long time.  Mostly because it’s in the back of the house in its own wing and no one sees it.  And naturally, all the clutter from the house drifts back there in snowfall-like heaps.  Plus, I’m impossibly cheap and I hated […]

Random Things About Me

Homeschool started up over here for us last week.  That means I’m in a frenzy of trying to get everything off to a great start.  I’ve got several posts ready to publish, but they need pictures and that’s my blogging nemesis. I always enjoy other bloggers posting a “random things about me” post, so here’s […]

Finding Community When I Least Expected It

finding community

Before we moved, Micah cornered me one afternoon and asked, “Mama, don’t you think you’ll miss our house when we move?” It was a loaded question, as no doubt all questions are that come from 9-year-old boys. “I miss something about every house we’ve lived in,” I responded thoughtfully, “because each house has had something […]

Stuff that Survived Summer Adventures

stuff that survived summer

The summer’s nearly over and we’ve packed it full of outdoor adventures.  Here’s a list of my favorite summer essentials that have carried us through the entire season. Keen Shoes This summer is the first time EVER I’ve bought only 1 pair of shoes per child. Target’s $25 closed-toe sandals last on average 4 weeks […]

Easy Snacks for Kids to Make

great banana pops

3:00 pm is snack time in our house.  3pm comes and nothing – and I do mean nothing – had better be standing between my kids and the fridge.  Usually it’s fruit of some kind, but lately, crackers seem to be the only snackable item hanging around. Last week I got serious about making a […]

The Best Days

best Day of Your Life

Friends, it’s been a long time since my last post where I detailed the lovely cottage we were in the process of buying. Since then, life went a little wonky. The cottage buy fell through two days after we closed on the house we were selling.  Underground oil tanks (complete with oil), chimneys separating from […]

Three Kinds of Crazy

old attic

These last few weeks have been such a blur.  We put our house on the market and within less than an hour we had showings.  Admittedly, we’re new at selling a house, but this took me by complete surprise.  For 3 days straight we were gone from the house during the showings.  It wasn’t as […]

One Dish Dinners: Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

roasted veggies

Since I’m no good with a crock-pot, I have to devise ways of working around my handicap.  The recipe needs to be quick, one-dish, and of course, wonderful.  Then too, always at the top of my list is the requirement that it involve only real-food ingredients.  But that goes without saying for me. Roasted Chicken […]

An Easy Fix for Broken Zippers

fix broken zippers

Since spring refuses to stay around, I’ve had to keep the winter coats and jackets in the closets a while longer.  Fortunately they still fit. But we have had another problem. Broken zippers. Back in the fall I bought Chloe a brand-new winter coat system – the kind where it’s 2 different coats that zip […]

How to Paint Your Laminate Countertops

paint laminate countertops

A few weeks ago I posted my DIY kitchen reveal where I highlighted my $250 kitchen remodel.  I painted my laminate counters, painted the cabinets, and installed beadboard backsplash all on the cheap. And a lot of you had questions about the counters. This how-to post is for all of you who have asked for […]